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Chitra Pai

Chitra Pai

College: COM

Department: Basic Sciences, Global Health, MSMHS

Title: Professor

Phone: (707)638-5962

Fax: (707) 638-5255

E-Mail: cpai@touro.edu

Office: Administration & Faculty 1, Rm. 229

Dr. Chitra Pai is a full-time Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has 26 years of experience in medical education, in clinical microbiology laboratory medicine and in clinical microbiology research. She obtained her MD (Doctorate of Medicine) and MBBS ( Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Belgaum, India. She was awarded a post-doctoral FAIMER fellowship for the Advancement of Medical Education and Research by the FAIMER foundation, Philadelphia and her FAIMER project was based on integrating the Basic Sciences with Clinical Sciences for teaching and objectively evaluating medical students.  

Dr. Pai’s experience in medical academia spans 26 years and across global locations including India, Nepal and the Caribbean islands. She has taught medical microbiology to students of medicine, dentistry, nursing as well as the Masters of Science courses. As a post-graduate teacher, she has guided several students pursuing the Masters and PhD courses. She is very enthusiastic about melding her clinical experience with innovative pedagogical techniques for promoting critical thinking and clinical problem solving skills among students.  


Dr. Pai trained at the Laboratory Medicine division of the University of Minnesota College of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiologists. As the Director of clinical microbiology laboratories, she was involved in diagnostic clinical microbiology reporting and accreditation as well as in providing guidelines for the Hospital Infection Control Program and Antibiotic Stewardship Programs at tertiary care hospitals.  


Dr. Pai’s research has included such multidrug resistant pathogens as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Enterococci and Pseudomonas. Her research has focussed on microbial  virulence factors and alternative antimicrobial agents against them. Other areas of interest include HIV seroprevalence and its association with opportunistic infections, tuberculosis, malaria and rotaviral diarrhea in infants. A study carried out under her guidance on ‘The carriage of nosocomial pathogens by mobile phones of Health Care Personnel’, received an award from the Hospital Infection Control Society of India in 2009 and was highlighted on National Television. Among her publications are included several interesting ‘ Case reports’ encountered during her practice of laboratory medicine.


Degree/ Diplomate

Field of Study


J. N. Medical College and Hospital, Karnatak University, India


Medicine and Surgery


J. N. Medical College and Hospital, Karnatak University, India


Medical Microbiology


American Board of Medical Microbiologists, USA


Medical and Public Health Microbiology


1. Bhat C, Hemashettar BM and Patil CS. Arcanobacterium hemolyticum in chronic wound         infections. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology 1997; 15 (1): 41-42.
2.   Bhat Chitra and Patil CS. Etiology of dysuria in pregnant women. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India1997; 47 (3).
3.   Geetha TV, Krishnanand BR, and Pai Chitra G: Cysticercosis of breast-a rare presentation. Journal of   the Nepal Medical Association 2000; 39, 133: 184-85.
4. Chitra Pai, Kiran Shah, Singh TSK. Fixed cutaneous Sporotrichosis. J.Nep Med Assoc 2000; 39: 228-231.
5.   Chitra Pai, Sanjay Bagchi, Vandana Gupta et al. Disseminated Gonococcal Infection in pregnancy.  Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology 2001; 19 (1): 40-42.
6.   R Biswas, A Bhardwaj, R Aggrawal, Chitra Pai, Geetha Krishnanand, Tapati Sen, KJ Shetty.  An unusual paratyphoid fever. JAPI 2001; 49: 477-478.
7.   Chitra Pai, Kiran Shah. Antibiotic Susceptibility pattern of Staphylococcus aureus with special      reference to Methicillin resistance – a preliminary report. Journal of Nepal Medical Association 2001; 40: 63-66.
8.   Suman P. Rao, Kalpana Rajiv Kumar, V. R. Rokade, Vikram Khanna, Chitra Pai. Orbital apex   syndrome due to Mucormycosis caused by Rhizopus microsporum. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery 2006; 58 (1). 
9.   Chitra Pai. Getting started in one’s role as a teacher: Review article. MGMUHS Medical Newsletter 2009; 5: 2.

10. Chitra Pai. Accreditation of Clinical Laboratories: The journey towards better quality and     standards in the Microbiology laboratory. MGMUHS Medical Newsletter 2010; 8: 5-6.

11.Chitra Pai. Benches top to the bed side- an integrated approach in the Microbiology curriculum. MGMUHS Medical New letter 2011; 9: 5.

12. Chitra Pai and Shraddha Pai. Gene Therapy in Medicine: An Overview. MGMUHS Medical  News letter 2011; 11: 8.

13.Vaishali Solanke, Chitra Pai, A.D.Urhekar. A Comparative Bacteriological Study of Community Acquired Pneumonia versus Ventilator Associated Pneumonia. Bombay Hospital Journal 2011; 53(2): 159-165.

14.Vaishali Solanke, Chitra Pai, Sanjay.G.Surase. Aeromonas hydrophila causing acute   gastroenteritis in a child. Bombay Hospital Journal 2011; 53, Special issue.

15.Chitra Pai, Ujjwala Kulkarni, Manjusha Borde, Sowmya Murali, P. Mrudula and Yashwant Deshmukh. Antibacterial activity of Tridax procumbens with special reference to nosocomial pathogens.  British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 2011. 1(4):164-173.

16. Sharvari Samant, Chitra Pai. Inducible Clindamycin Resistance among clinical isolates of  Staphylococci. MGMUHS Medical Newsletters, 2011; 12: 2-4.

17. Nikhil.N.Tambe and Chitra Pai. A study of Microbial flora and MRSA harbored by mobile phones of Health care personnel. International Journal of recent trends in Science and Technology, 2012; 4(1):14-18.

18. Sharvari Amol Samant and Chitra Pai. Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus Phage-Types and their Correlation to Anti-Microbial Resistance. International Journal of Medical and Pharma Research, 2012; 2(1) : 32-37.

19. Chitra Pai, Tavleen Jaggi, Shalini Gore and Harapriya Kar.  Practical Skills Evaluation of Medical Students with a Mini-Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) for Nosocomial Infections. International Journal of User Driven Health Care. 2012; 2 (3): 24-31.

20. Sharvari Samant and Pai Chitra G. Evaluation of different detection methods of biofilm formation in clinical isolates of Staphylococci. Int J Pharm Bio Sci, 2012; 3(4): (B) 724 – 733.

21.Sharma Revati, Pai (Bhat) Chitra, Urhekar A.D. A  Clinico-microbiological Study of Enterococcus Species with Special Reference to Its Virulence Factors. International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology 2012; 5(2): 94-99.

22. Gore Shalini, Pai Chitra. Incidence of metallo beta lactamase producing gram negative non fermenters in a Tertiary Care Hospital of Navi Mumbai. Biosciences Biotechnology Research Asia, 2012; 9(2): 825-829.

23. Sharma Revati, Chapagain Bipin, Pai (Bhat) Chitra. In vitro antibacterial activity of seven spices against clinical isolates of enterococci. Int J Pharm Bio Sci 2013 Jan; 3(1): 298-304.

24.Sharma Revati, Chitra Pai, Harapriya Kar.A Retrospective Analysis of Discordant CD4 and Viral Load Responses in HIV Patients on Anti-Retroviral Therapy. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications 2013; 3(1)1-3.

25.Samir Pachpute, Chitra Pai, A.D. Urhekar. A comparative evaluation of conventional staining methods and immunological techniques for the diagnosis of malaria. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences 2013; 2(7) 712-724.

26. Revati Sharma, Chitra Pai. Prevalence of Various Enterococcal Infections and Its Antibiotic Susceptibility with Special Reference to Vancomycin and High Level Gentamicin Resistance in a Tertiary Care Centre in Navi Mumbai. Int. J. Pharm. Sci. Rev. Res 2013; 23(2),122-125.

27. Nikhil Payal, Nitin Goel , Chitra Pai et al. A Bacteriological Study Of Vaginal Flora In Mothers At Term.World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 2014; 3(4), 591-598.

28. Tavleen Jaggi, A.D. Urhekar, Chitra Pai et al.  A Study of Candida Species in Various Clinical Samples in a Tertiary Care Hospital. Double Helix Research International Journal Of Medical Sciences (DHR-IJMS) 2014 ;5(2), 83-88.

29. Gupta Tanuj, Singh Brij Nandan, Pai Chitra, Kar Harapriya and Yadav Ramesh. Incidence of Dermatophyte infections in Patients visiting a Tertiary Care Center. Photon Journal of Microbiology, 2015; 108: 236-243.

30. Samir Pachpute, Preeti Pachpute and Chitra Pai. Role of a Parasite Lactate Dehydrogenase-Based Immunochromatographic Antigen Detection Assay for the Detection of Malarial Parasites in HumanBlood Samples. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences 2015; 4(3), 98-107.

31. Sharma Revati , Chapagain Bipin , Pai (Bhat) Chitra , Bhattacharjee Minakshi.  In vitro antibacterial activity of seven Indian spices against high level gentamicin resistant strains of enterococci. Archives of  Medical  Sciences, 2015; 11(4), 863-868.

32.Harapriya Kar, Chitra (Bhat) Pai, Revati Sharma et al. A profile of tuberculosis cases

among HIV positive patients in Navi Mumbai. International Journal of Life Sciences and   Pharma Research, 2015; 5(3), 58-61.

33. Pai Chitra, Kadam N, Singh A, Kar H, Urhekar A, et al. (2016) Trends in the Seroprevalence of Human    Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in Pregnant Women Attending a Tertiary Care Center in Navi Mumbai, Western India. J AIDS Clin Res 7: 633. doi: 10.4172/2155-6113.1000633


  1. Samir Pachpute and Chitra Pai. Staining v/s Immunological Techniques for the Diagnosis of Malaria.  LAP LAMBERT; Academic Publishing ISBN-10: 3659369209. March 24, 2013.
  2. Sharvari Samant and C. G Pai. ‘Characterization and Resisto-typing of Pathogenic Staphylococci’ Scholar’s press; ISBN-10: 3639704754. February 26, 2014 


First Annual Touro University California Outstanding Teaching Award


Basic Sciences Teacher of the Year award-Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Touro University Faculty Innovation grant awarded for "Case Based Flipped e-classrooms to S.P.I.C.E up the e-learning of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases"


Touro University Faculty Innovation grant awarded for ‘Bedside to Community’ Virtual Global Health project.




Basic Sciences Teacher of the Year award-Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Coater, White Coat Ceremony for class of 2023

Basic Sciences Teacher of the Year award-
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Outstanding Professor award for the best Basic Sciences teacher (Year 2)-AUA College of Medicine, Antigua


Best Teaching Professor award in the ‘Disease Immunity Therapeutics’ course, AUA College of Medicine, Antigua


Most approachable teacher award, AUA College of Medicine, Antigua


Most entertaining professor award, AUA College of Medicine, Antigua


Outstanding Professor award for the best Basic Sciences teacher (Year 2), AUA College of Medicine, Antigua


Best Teaching Professor award in the ‘Disease Immunity Therapeutics’ course, AUA College of Medicine, Antigua


MaGEX (Manipal Global Excellence) International award for academic excellence

2015,2016 and 2017

Featured in FAIMER fellow highlights of the Foundation for Advancement of Medical Education and Research, Philadelphia


Young Scientist award 2015 awarded by the Photon Foundation to my team of researchers


Best paper award for the paper, Emergence of unusual species of enterococci causing infections in Navi Mumbai at theUGC Sponsored Microbiology Horizons in Biomedical Sciences conference



Best poster presentation award for the research paper ‘A comparative evaluation of conventional staining methods and immunological techniques for the diagnosis of malaria’ by the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology, India 


First prize for poster presentation entitled, ‘Quick and quantitative detection of Hepatitis B virus by Real Time Polymerase Chain (RT-PCR): a promising molecular diagnostic approach’, at ‘Frontiers in Biotechnology’ - National seminar at Navi Mumbai, India


First prize for poster presentation entitled, ‘A study of the microbial flora harbored by mobile phones of health care workers’ at the National Conference of the Hospital Infection Society of India, (HISICON).


 Award by the Rotary International to represent India at Norway for a Group Study Exchange Program.



University first rank in M.D. (Medical Microbiology)

Last Updated: 4/18/22